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Community responds to boy’s battle with leukemia

Logan Dunbar has eyes as blue as Paul Newman’s. What those eyes don’t tell you is that he has a potent form of leukemia that strikes only 50 U.S. children a year.

The 3-year-old son of Jennifer and Jason Dunbar of Nevada City is at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital today undergoing aggressive, adult doses of chemotherapy.

“He’s tolerating it pretty darn good,” said grandmother Ellie Watson. “He’s got a 50-50 chance.”



Despite the intensity of his treatment, Logan is still lively, family members said.

“Logan is all boy,” said Jennifer Dunbar from her son’s Davis hospital room.




“He’s very feisty, very spunky and very high-spirited.”

Dunbar said her son will have to go the hospital for nine-day stays every three weeks for treatments over the next year. He will also have a hospice nurse at home and will not be able to mingle in the outside world.

“My son has acute promyelocytic leukemia,” Dunbar said. “It’s an adult form and can be deadly with children.”

The disease only hits 50 U.S. children per year, who are usually 2 or 3, according to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Web site. It has stricken older children and teens but most often shows up again in patients over 40.

According to the Mayo Clinic’s Web site, leukemia disrupts production of white blood cells that naturally fight infections. It strikes about 30,000 people in the U.S. every year.

“Logan is very active, very happy and a very sweet, sweet boy,” said his aunt, Tami Browne. She and her husband, Nate, own The Red Moose Cafe in Sierra City and will cater a fund-raiser at the Sierra City Community Hall at 6 p.m. on April 9.

The dinner will feature barbecued ribs and live music. There will also be a a live auction with quilts, art and a snowmobile. Direct donations in Logan’s name can be made to any Placer Sierra Bank.

So far the response to Logan’s illness has been overwhelming, his mother said.

“I knew I had a wonderful family, but I had no idea how great this community is.”

How to help Logan Dunbar, 3, in his fight against a rare form of leukemia

To help Logan and his family with expenses stemming from his leukemia, you can make a donation to the fund in his name at any Placer Sierra Bank.

In addition, a fund-raising dinner with live music will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Sierra City Community Hall just off Highway 49 in Sierra County.

For tickets, call 862-1502.


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